It's true. Doug Ford's official City of Toronto councillor bio states:
"Doug was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award. This is the highest award you can receive in Rotary for outstanding service to your community."According to Rotary International, The Paul Harris Fellow award:
"Acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International... Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion."The award is for donations only. It was "established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study." The Paul Harris Fellow is not even the highest award possible for forking over cash. The Arch C. Klumph Society, for example, recognizes lifetime donations of over $250,000. At no time does Rotary International link the award to public service. Rotary Club chapters can even apply for special recognition when all of their members are Harris Fellows.
The actual highest award is the "Rotary International Service Above Self Award", which is awarded to "up to 150 Rotarians each year who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents." In contrast, there have been over 1,000,000 recipients of the Paul Harris Award.
Why should I care?
In most companies, lying on your resume is grounds for dismissal. However, the Ford brothers never let facts get in the way of a good story. A closer reading of Doug's bio shows that his community service is largely restricted to coaching his kids' sports teams, having Deco throw a few dollars at the odd local sports league and paying into Rotary Club's coffers.
This also shows how Rob and Doug Ford assume that spending money is the same thing as actually doing something (i.e., Doug's tendency to throw $20 bills at public housing residents). They even lied about the nature of the award when they asked for a park to be named after their dad (Doug Sr. himself being one of the over one million Paul Harris Fellows worldwide).
Cost of a bogus Rotary Club award? $1,000. Knowing that you've made absolutely no difference in the world? Priceless.
How do I know you're not lying?Councillor Doug Ford